Dr Walker has an admirable depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in this field. Lindsey Williams, Family Court Assessment Service
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A psychological formulation is a structured approach to understanding the factors underlying distressing states in such a way that it informs the changes needed and the mechanisms and treatments for such change to occur. Formulations derive from a thorough process of information gathering, followed by an analysis of that information and development of hypotheses or ideas about what caused and maintained the problems. Through the process of the assessment, hypotheses are tested where possible to improve the accuracy of the formulation. Once psychological treatment starts or when new relevant information emerges, the formulation can be adapted, meaning that it is up to date and relevant to the individual.
Psychological formulation tends to represent a bridge between the assessment and intervention and, in this way, it can be viewed as a means of informing the best possible treatment plan for the individual. Even on its own, clients often comment that an accurate and collaborative formulation can help to make sense of symptoms that had previously seemed random or senseless. Thus, a formulation is not only an essential outcome of assessment and an important part of treatment planning, it can independently lead to significant change for the individual through the meaning that it provides.
A formulation draws on the experiences that made an individual prone to developing the difficulties, the events that prompted the onset of the problems and the factors that maintain symptoms. Compass Psychological Services are committed to psychological formulation as a process to enhance quality of services provided.
We provide thorough, evidence-based and objective reports for Family, Criminal and Civil Courts. We also provide extensive and comprehensive reports for the Parole Board and Court of Protection.Read more
Across the age range, Compass Psychological Services provide individualized therapeutic interventions that are based on thorough assessments, detailed formulations and up to date research evidence.Read more
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